Counties with the oldest homes in South Dakota

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August 27, 2022
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Counties with the oldest homes in South Dakota

There's an undeniable charm that comes with pre-World War II American architecture, characterized by high ceilings, crown molding, hardwood floors, and ornate details. In fact, 12.8% of all housing units in America were built in 1939 or before, showing the popularity of the preservation of these units. Owning a piece of history can sometimes come with a cost: Many old homes come with asbestos, lead piping, knob-and-tube wiring, and other outdated building styles that can rack up a hefty price tag to modernize. However, with more and more modernized pre-war homes on the market, generally located just outside bustling downtown metros, investing in property that has withstood the test of time is an attractive prospect.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties in South Dakota with the oldest homes using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by median year the structure was built according to 2020 5-year estimates. Ties broken by the highest percentage of homes built before 1939.

The country's domestic architecture is perhaps best characterized by a rugged individualism as opposed to the hybridization of disparate architectural elements. As Maya Angelou once perceptively observed, "the ache for home lives in all of us," a phrase that has meant very different things to different people.

Modest or palatial, there is no shortage of noteworthy homes in the U.S. Log cabins constructed by industrious pioneers have dotted the landscape alongside traditional Native American dwellings ever since immigrant Swedes introduced them to the New World in 1638. The unprecedented personal fortunes amassed by the so-called "Robber Barons" at the close of the 19th century gave way to the construction of a staggering number of Gilded Age estates.

The ravages of time spared neither the sumptuous nor the humble. Stately mansions, often prohibitively costly to maintain in the modern era, were frequently neglected; simple structures were forgotten, discarded by their owners, and damaged by natural elements. However, the tireless efforts of architectural preservationists and local historical societies have saved many of these homes from demolition, leading to their inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and thereby safeguarding them for future generations.

Keep reading to learn more about which counties in South Dakota have the oldest homes.

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#50. Hughes County

- Median year homes built: 1976
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 12.1% (975 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 19.3% (1,552 homes)
- Total homes built: 8,041
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#49. Clay County

- Median year homes built: 1976
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 22.5% (1,373 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.8% (902 homes)
- Total homes built: 6,114
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#48. Haakon County

- Median year homes built: 1975
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 16.1% (167 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.5% (119 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,035
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#47. Yankton County

- Median year homes built: 1975
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 19.2% (1,966 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.9% (1,525 homes)
- Total homes built: 10,237
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#46. Mellette County

- Median year homes built: 1974
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 11.4% (95 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 15.3% (128 homes)
- Total homes built: 834

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#45. Jackson County

- Median year homes built: 1974
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 15.3% (189 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.0% (111 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,237
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#44. Brown County

- Median year homes built: 1973
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 20.2% (3,664 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 20.6% (3,733 homes)
- Total homes built: 18,098
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#43. Brule County

- Median year homes built: 1973
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 20.4% (524 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 17.0% (437 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,572
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#42. Roberts County

- Median year homes built: 1973
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 21.0% (1,067 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 17.2% (876 homes)
- Total homes built: 5,088
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#41. Lake County

- Median year homes built: 1973
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 24.3% (1,415 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 18.1% (1,057 homes)
- Total homes built: 5,824

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#40. Hamlin County

- Median year homes built: 1973
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 26.3% (769 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 23.4% (682 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,920
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#39. Bennett County

- Median year homes built: 1972
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 13.8% (172 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 2.9% (36 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,248
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#38. Lyman County

- Median year homes built: 1972
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 17.9% (311 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.6% (254 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,741
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#37. Corson County

- Median year homes built: 1972
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 19.2% (295 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.4% (191 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,539
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#36. Fall River County

- Median year homes built: 1972
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 24.1% (1,020 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 20.0% (846 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,227

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#35. Potter County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 19.4% (308 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 15.8% (252 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,591
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#34. Sully County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 23.1% (197 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 29.3% (249 homes)
- Total homes built: 851
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#33. Davison County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 28.0% (2,670 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 16.4% (1,565 homes)
- Total homes built: 9,550
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#32. Marshall County

- Median year homes built: 1970
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 24.3% (642 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 16.5% (438 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,647
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#31. Tripp County

- Median year homes built: 1970
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 26.1% (809 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.0% (311 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,105

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#30. Grant County

- Median year homes built: 1969
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.5% (920 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.4% (410 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,603
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#29. Jones County

- Median year homes built: 1968
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 20.3% (118 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.7% (68 homes)
- Total homes built: 582
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#28. Harding County

- Median year homes built: 1968
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 22.5% (160 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.7% (83 homes)
- Total homes built: 711
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#27. Walworth County

- Median year homes built: 1966
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.3% (778 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.4% (380 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,074
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#26. Deuel County

- Median year homes built: 1966
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 27.0% (598 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.2% (314 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,212

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#25. Charles Mix County

- Median year homes built: 1966
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 30.3% (1,187 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.0% (469 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,912
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#24. McCook County

- Median year homes built: 1966
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 32.9% (835 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 15.7% (399 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,539
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#23. Hyde County

- Median year homes built: 1965
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 21.5% (165 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 15.1% (116 homes)
- Total homes built: 768
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#22. Beadle County

- Median year homes built: 1965
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 24.6% (2,105 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.5% (979 homes)
- Total homes built: 8,544
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#21. Edmunds County

- Median year homes built: 1965
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 27.7% (569 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.2% (230 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,057

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#20. Moody County

- Median year homes built: 1964
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 32.3% (936 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.7% (426 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,895
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#19. Day County

- Median year homes built: 1963
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 32.5% (1,236 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 15.2% (579 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,808
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#18. Faulk County

- Median year homes built: 1963
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 34.3% (423 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 17.7% (218 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,235
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#17. Hand County

- Median year homes built: 1960
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 27.9% (501 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.4% (150 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,795
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#16. Spink County

- Median year homes built: 1959
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 36.3% (1,185 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 13.4% (438 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,263

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#15. Kingsbury County

- Median year homes built: 1959
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 37.6% (1,053 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 16.5% (463 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,798
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#14. Perkins County

- Median year homes built: 1958
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 28.6% (511 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.3% (167 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,789
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#13. Hutchinson County

- Median year homes built: 1958
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 33.2% (1,127 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.9% (268 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,399
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#12. McPherson County

- Median year homes built: 1956
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 32.6% (461 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.7% (109 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,412
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#11. Turner County

- Median year homes built: 1956
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 40.8% (1,648 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.9% (520 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,043

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#10. Sanborn County

- Median year homes built: 1955
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 40.8% (489 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 13.5% (162 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,198
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#9. Aurora County

- Median year homes built: 1955
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 44.6% (583 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 17.3% (226 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,307
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#8. Bon Homme County

- Median year homes built: 1954
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 40.3% (1,197 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.7% (230 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,969
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#7. Campbell County

- Median year homes built: 1953
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 37.2% (378 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.3% (74 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,015
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#6. Gregory County

- Median year homes built: 1953
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 40.3% (1,030 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.5% (295 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,555

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#5. Clark County

- Median year homes built: 1953
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 40.6% (746 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.0% (202 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,838
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#4. Douglas County

- Median year homes built: 1953
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 41.4% (608 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 13.0% (190 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,467
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#3. Jerauld County

- Median year homes built: 1953
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 42.2% (484 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.5% (167 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,148
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#2. Hanson County

- Median year homes built: 1952
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 44.2% (535 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 15.9% (192 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,210
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#1. Miner County

- Median year homes built: 1945
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 48.5% (662 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.6% (172 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,366

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